Name that novel

Adelante: ‘Ice e-skating,’ said Marta.‘Ice skating,’ said Domingo.‘Ice e-skating.’‘No, no. No e. Ice skating. Try it again.’Marta hesitated.‘Go on!’‘Ice es-kating,’ she said, with deliberation.Domingo smiled. ‘Don’t worry about it. It’s a common problem for Spaniards. Two consonants together causes a difficulty. I have conquered this issue after a long time. But you are unlikely to…

Drinking in Spain is better for your health

Binge drinking in the UK starts at 14 units, in Spain at 35. Must be the sunshine. Someone commented that he’d prefer an extremely painful fatal liver cancer to rotting away when neither he nor anyone else can remember who he is, but in fairness to the Health Taliban the latter syndrome is already affecting…

At last, a use for the new bridge at Talavera de la Reina

Heart attack territory, just watching it. The Puente de Castilla-La Mancha, the highest bridge in Spain, is a 74 million euro white elephant that deserves to be better known. But Jesus. More. And unlike the Spanish I didn’t mention testicles or ani.

Christmas carousels

Impossible automata for my street organ this holiday season. Featuring Georg Büchner, Ignaz Bruder, German Christmas pyramids, dancing Hasidim, Lieutenant Kijé as you’ve probably never seen it, Le Tigre, and a crustacean.

Types of (German) Christmas pyramid.